Saturday, March 10, 2007

Interview with Franco Borgogno at Harbour Centre

Thursday, March 22, 2007
SFU Harbour Centre, Room 1400
515 West Hastings, Vancouver
7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Reserved seating is recommended: call 604-291-5100 or email

Eminent Italian psychoanalyst and professor from Torino, Franco Borgogno, has recently published a book entitled Psychoanalysis as a Journey (Open Gate Press, London, 2007). This book reflects his personal and professional views on a psychoanalytic journey which "lays down a path from the past into the future." Through the notion of journey, the book's essays explore the insights of Sigmund Freud and other important, though lesser known, pioneers -- Ferenczi, Heimann, and Bion. In the book, also dedicated to problems which arose in psychoanalysis after Freud's discoveries, Borgogno proposes that these influential psychoanalysts uncovered and explored unconscious forms of analytical narcissism (i.e. authoritarianism) and relational phobia. Borgogno suggests that these analysts left a critical legacy in present day analytical institutions. He also provides insights into his own journey as an analyst (showing how an analyst grows, learns, and applies what he has learned), as well as those journeys that he has shared with patients. In this evening encounter, Professor Borgogno will explore these and other ideas from his book with Vancouver psychoanalytic historian, Christopher Fortune.

Dr. Franco Borgogno is Full Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Psychology Faculty of Turin University, Italy. He is also a Full member of the International Psychoanalytical Association, Training and Supervising Analyst of the Sociteta Psiconalitica Italiana, and director of the Post-graduate School in Clinical Psychology. He is author of "L'illusione di osservare", "Psicoanalisi come percorso" (translated in Spanish, Portuguese, English [Psychoanalysis as a Journey]), several books about Ferenczi, (partially translated in English and French) and author of numerous papers about technique and theory of psychoanalysis published in Italian and international reviews. Dr. Borgogno is coming to Vancouver at the invitation of the Western Branch of the Canadian Psychoanalytic Society and the Vancouver Institute of Psychoanalysis, where he will be the keynote speaker at their annual conference.

Christopher Fortune received his doctorate from the University of Toronto, and is an internationally known historian of psychoanalysis. He has lectured widely in Europe and North America on early figures in psychoanalysis, particularly Sandor Ferenczi and Carl Jung. His articles, reviews and interviews have been published in popular and scholarly journals including the British Journal of Psychotherapy, the Journal of Analytical Psychology, Psychoanalysis and History, and Psyche, and he has published numerous chapters in edited volumes on Ferenczi and psychoanalysis. In 2002, Open Gate Press, London, published his book, the The Ferenczi-Groddeck Correspondence. Dr. Fortune currently works as a psychotherapist with children and families in Vancouver, and is a former moderator of SFU's Philosophers Cafes.

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Trish Graham
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